Preparing for IVF diet | Nourish with Melanie #43

Preparing for IVF diet | Nourish with Melanie #43


So, you’re about to pay the cost of a second
hand car for fertility treatments, so you obviously want to have your body in tip top
shape. An IVF diet is clearly an important consideration,
but what is it? And how does it help? Stay tuned and I’ll explain! If you’re going to see a fertility specialist
for the first time, you might be surprised to learn, that you may not be undertaking
invitro fertilisation, known as IVF, straight away. Depending upon what’s causing your fertility
challenges, your fertility specialist may recommend an option such as ovulation induction,
assisted insemination, known as IUI or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, known as ICSI first. In term’s of diet, the first step is to prepare
your diet as you would for any pregnancy. This means: getting a blood test to check
your nutritional markers, optimising your weight, starting the correct nutritional supplements
and managing any dietary conditions that you may have, like Coeliac disease or diabetes. Next, we need to optimise your diet for each
of the four key factors that we need to conceive. Any guesses what these are? Well, let me tell you! We need healthy eggs, a regular menstrual
cycle, a receptive uterus, and of course healthy sperm How many did you get?? OK, let’s look at how we can improve each
of these four ingredients with the right diet. As I said, the first ingredient we need for
our baby-making recipe are healthy eggs. Although your fertility specialist can help
identify which of your eggs are the healthiest, our aim is to help make them all as healthy
as possible. Our diet has a big impact on our egg health. And, it takes around 3 months for our eggs
to mature, so try to be following your IVF diet for at least 3 months before egg collection. Although there’s a lot that we can do to improve
egg health, my favourite tips for improving egg health are to focus on getting enough
omega 3, zinc and anti-oxidants. To meet your omega 3 requirements, include
two to three serves of fish in your diet each week. You may like salmon patties, sardines on toast
or a fish pie for example. One of the best sources of zinc is red meat. Now, you don’t need a lot, again three serves
a week should be ample, but if you’re not eating red meat three times a week, then you
may need to look at some other ways of ensuring that you’re getting enough zinc. Dried beans or legumes are another good source
that you could consider, so I recommend aiming to eat these at least twice each week too. In terms of antioxidants, vegies are the best
source of antioxidants. And, you may have heard of the saying ‘eat
the rainbow’. That means that it’s best to have a colourful
plate full of different vegetables. Not only does this look pretty, but different
colours are often representative of different anti-oxidants. In the months leading up to your egg collection,
I’d really love you to make a last ditch concerted effort to try to get in your five serves of
veg each day, to do this, I’d recommend eating vegies at least three times per day. You might have some sauted mushrooms and spinach
at brekkie, a punnet of cherry tomatoes as a snack, have some salad with lunch for example. Up for the challenge? I know you can do this!!!! Okay, our second ingredient was a regular
menstrual cycle to result in regular ovulation. Now, depending upon the type of fertility
treatments that you’re having, this may or may not be important. Often fertility specialists will give you
medications to help you ovulate. But, if they’re not, then and your cycle is
out of whack, then one of the best tricks is to optimise your levels of body fat. Gaining weight, (if you’re underweight), or
losing it, (if you’re overweight), can impact your insulin hormones which then has an impact
on your other fertility hormones. Now, at this point you’re probably telling
yourself one of two things: the first is: I have soooo much to gain slash lose, I’m
never going to be able to achieve this! And, the second is: I’m going to be using
the drugs so this doesn’t apply to me! Am I right? You’ll have to let me know in the chat box!! If I am right, then just listen up a minute! If you said to yourself that it’s too big
a goal so you don’t want to think about it, let me point out that you don’t have to change
your weight by twenty kilograms! Often just a few kilograms of weight change
can make all the difference to your ability to ovulate. And, if you’re thinking, ‘this doesn’t apply
to me, I’ll just use the hormones’, then hang on there Nelly! How do you know that you’re going to harvest
enough eggs? Even with the help of hormones, a few kilograms
weight change can sometimes have a very big impact on the number of eggs collected. Which then brings me to our third key ingredient,
a receptive uterus. That sounds so clinical, doesn’t it?! Let’s rephrase. We want a home that your embryo wants to live
in! What type of home would you want to start
your life in? Or should I say, what type of home did you
start your life in?? Well, you want a nice thick uterine lining
where you’re going to be safe and well nourished. Now research suggests that one trick for improving
your uterine lining is to replace processed, sugary carbs with low GI, micronutrient-rich
wholegrains. So, swap your rice crackers for wholegrain
crackers, sugary cereal for porridge and your white rice to brown. Lastly, none of this is going to work if we
don’t have a healthy sperm. I’d recommend that you check out my youtube
clip on ‘fertility tips for our partners’ for more details, but let me just say that
one fertility specialist remarked to me ‘Melanie, when I looked at Dean’s sperm under the microscope,
there weren’t many in good condition, but once you’d helped him change his diet, they
looked like they belonged to someone else. They looked so fertile!’ So, make sure that you encourage your partner
to eat well too! Now, I have a question for you. I know that it can be a little overwhelming
to think about making so many dietary changes, so let me ask you, which one dietary change
are you going to start with today? Now, research tells us that we’re more likely
to achieve change when we declare our actions publicly. You never see someone who doesn’y lose any
weight in the Biggest Loser household do you? Of course not! You’ve got the best incentive ever when the
world knows! So, I want you to choose one dietary change
that you’re going to make and declare it in the chat box below so that I can cheer you
on! And, to make all this easier for you, I’d
love you to download my free meal plan. Just go to www.melaniemcgrice.com/fertility. OK guys! Have a great and healthy week! And, I look forward to catching up with you
next week on Nourish!

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